Reflecting Macka B’s world-wide fanbase ‘Health Is Wealth’ features tracks produced in Jamaica, Germany & Japan ‘longside recordings made in Macka’s Black Country heartland as well as the London studios of Mafia & Fluxy & Stingray.
The focus track for the album is 'Wha Me Eat (remix)’ a vegan anthem given new life and fully supported by Macka B TV and his newly launched ‘Wha Me Eat’ health supplements and clothing line.
NEW YORK, NY- Today, Afro Pop, one of the leading radio programs and blogs presenting the musics of Africa and the African diaspora, premiered the new video by VP Records Soca Artist, Fay-Ann Lyons. Directed by Terminal 4 Media, the video for "Block the Road" is the stunning new visual for the Afro-beats infused song.
Filmed in Jamaica, the video follows Fay-Ann Lyons as she gets lost in what is portrayed to be Ghana, Stone Bwoy's native country. In the midst of her conquest in looking for him, she stumbles upon fans who encourage her to perform. The video then showcases her crew of fierce dancers who wine and dance embodying the lyrics, "Mash up the place, when you move your waist....them gal they block the whole road, when they wine."
NEW YORK, NY- On the heels of headlining performances in Toronto for OVO Fest and Notting Hill Carnival in London, Soca star Bunji Garlin, born Ian Alvarez, will be delivering his highly anticipated album “Turn Up” on VP Records, this Friday September 1st. Featuring carnival anthems ‘Big Bad Soca’, ‘Take Over Town’ and "Climb." The 17-song album encompasses the soul of Soca music and the pride and joy of carnival.
“Turn Up” comes just in time for the New York Carnival season as Bunji is set to headline Hot 97 Radio's annual Labor Day concert On Da Reggae and Soca Tip for the second year in a row. Garlin's New York promotional schedule will include an appearance at The Apple Store in Williamsburg as part of their 'Today at Apple’ series and a stop at Brooklyn Mirage with the successful Busshead Tour co-starring Machel Montano.
NEW YORK, NY- VP Records celebrates New York's Caribbean Carnival this Labor Day weekend with two music events; Soca N D’ Lot and the return performance float in collaboration with Boom Station for the Eastern Parkway parade. The events are designed to promote recent and upcoming releases on the label. Bunji Garlin, whose new album “Turn Up” is released Friday, September 1st, Fay-Ann Lyons, whose debut album “Break The World” debuted top 3 on Billboard reggae chart in March. Plus the annual compilation releases “Soca Gold 2017” and “Reggae Gold 2017."
An exclusive re-release of Hugh Mundell and Augustus Pablo’s “Africa Must be Free by 1983,” will be released on VP Records on August 18th. The original 1978 release became a prominent title in the roots reggae genre earning a five-star review by Rolling Stone magazine. In commemoration of the Greensleeves 40th anniversary this year, the new release offers listeners a re-mastered and re-sequenced ‘showcase style’ of the classic album.
The two-part CD includes eight tracks by Hugh Mundell including ‘Africa Must be Free by 1983’, ‘Book Of Life’, ‘Let’s All Unite’ and more. The nine-track dub companion mixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s features dubs from the vocal album including a searing cut to ‘Great Tribulation’, entitled ‘Western Kingston Style’ along with ‘Sufferer Dub’ a version to Pablo’s ‘Sufferer’s Choice’.
SINGER ROMAIN VIRGO AND UNIT BAND TO HEADLINE, ESTELLE TO CO-HOST JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE GALA AUGUST 26TH
On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.
VP Records artist Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) popular “Rising Stars” talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single ‘Now’ presenting a international pop sound.
QUEENS, NY— The 7th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed over 15,000 guests this past Sunday July 23rd. Patrons from all around New York, the tri-state area and beyond came out to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY to enjoy a full day of the “jerk experience” from a variety of vendors, a delightful culinary pavilion, cultural and mainstage performances, a fun Kidz Zone area and an array of giveaways from a variety of sponsors. Adding to the good vibes of the day, the rain held up despite a predicted storm, making the weather as pleasant as the crowd.
The day kicked off with various activations at the Culinary Pavilion. Hosted by Celebrity Chef Irie Spice of the critically acclaimed television series, “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie” and Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ and New York’s BB King’s and Highland Ballroom’s Executive Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, the Cook-Off tent was on fire. The very impressive line-up of talented Chefs participated in friendly banter amongst themselves and the engaged spectators.
NEW YORK, NY– Soca Gold 2017 has made its debut on the Billboard Reggae Chart, landing at number one this week. For twenty years, the annual series has set the standard for carnival music, bringing a taste of the Caribbean Islands with a current sample of the best Caribbean carnival hits.
“We are excited that the album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, especially forits 20th year” said Edwin Howell, A&R Director for VP Records. “The support of this soca series has proven that this is a genre that resonates with more and more people every year and keeps getting better,” he continues.